Doctor of Juridical Science (Research)




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
The Doctor of Juridical Science degree provides an opportunity to combine a doctoral thesis with the coursework component of an LLM degree. The degree consists of one-third coursework (equivalent to one year full-time) and two-thirds research (equivalent to two years full-time) which may be in an area encountered by the student while undertaking coursework.
The SJD is intended to be equivalent to a PhD and therefore one of the highest degrees that a university can award. The degree is intended to prepare candidates for an academic career, or for high level research and policy formulation. While exceeding the requirements of most practicing lawyers who wish to undertake a higher degree, the SJD is widely accepted by the profession as an indicator of expertise and original contribution to an area of knowledge as is the case in North America and elsewhere overseas.
The coursework component of the degree is described under the entry for LLM by Coursework. All coursework units must be completed before the commencement of the dissertation. After completion of at least four coursework units, students intending to enroll in the dissertation may submit an outline of a proposed topic to the Director of Postgraduate Research. The topic of the dissertation, which may be a development of one or more coursework units, must be nominated by the candidate and approved by the Higher Degree Committee of the Faculty of Law. The dissertation must amount to an original contribution to a field of study, and be of publishable quality. It will be assessed by not less than two external examiners appointed by the Faculty Higher Degree Committee. Assessment is as for other final research degrees, ie award / not award / re-submit.
The degree of Doctor of Juridical Science may be awarded by the Council on the recommendation of the Higher Degree Committee of the Faculty of Law (hereinafter referred to as the Committee) to a candidate who after satisfactorily completing a qualifying program comprising 48 units of credit in the UNSW LLM by coursework degree has through the submission of a thesis based on his or her research made an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the field of law.


Which department am I in? Faculty of Law

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

Applicants with a completed Bachelor is degree or equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); TOEFL - Paper-based Test (PBT) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest).

Entry Requirement For International Student

Students must have completed a coursework component (UNSW Master of Laws by coursework) with a minimum distinction average (75 percent) is required to articulate to the SJD program.
English Language requirements: IELTS score 7.0 overall (min. 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in other subtests), 96 overall (min. 27 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking), TOEFL (PBT): 589 overall (min. 5.5 in TWE); University English Entry Course (UEEC): successful completion of the UEEC with a grade of C plus and a minimum score of 20 in the writing component; PTE (Academic) - Pearson Test of English academic: 65 overall (min. 58 in each subtest); Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 overall (min.180 in each subtest); Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 185 overall (min.176 in each subtest).

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from UNSW Foundation Studies
Trinity College - The University of Melbourne

Full Time (4 years)

A$45,180.00 (US$ 35,340) per year

26 February 2018, 23 July 2018, 18 February 2019

University of New South Wales - UNSW Kensington Campus, High Street, Kensington, UNSW SYDNEY, New South Wales, 2052, SYDNEY, Australia